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Steyn’s message to Bok selectors


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Springboks on 25 Sep 2008 at 11:59

Blue Bulls flyhalf Morné Steyn has not been spoken of much in terms of Springbok selections, but the 23-year-old No.10 has a message for Bok coach Peter de Villiers and his national selection panel: ‘I am ready to make the step up.’

Jan De Koning writes for Rugby 365 that it is not an arrogant statement from the youngster. It is merely a declaration of intent.

Steyn, speaking to rugby365.com in the build-up to the Bulls’ Currie Cup encounter with Griquas in Kimberley on Friday, has made it clear that he is determined to leave his mark on the playing field now that he has been installed as the first-choice pivot in Pretoria.

Having played second fiddle to Springbok Derick Hougaard – often being used in a rotational role when the latter was injured or needed a break – Steyn now enjoys the luxury of a regular starting spot behind the beefy Bulls pack.

With Hougaard having followed former mentor Heyneke Meyer to Leicester, where he signed for the Tigers earlier this year, Steyn has grown in confidence and his game matured beyond recognition.

“For my confidence it is important to know that I will start every game,” Steyn told rugby365.com.

“Now I can enjoy my game and don’t have to worry if I will play or won’t play,” he said, adding that when Hougaard was in town he never knew whether he was No.1 or No.2.

“Now that he [Hougaard] is away [with Meyer at the Tigers in England] I can concentrate on my game.”

The other luxury that Steyn don’t have to move around in the backline as much anymore – having played, apart from his flyhalf role, at centre and fullback at times.

“Yes, it is definitely better to settle down in one position. I see the same with [Sharks and Springbok star] Frans Steyn … that they move him around so much. It is never easy, so for me to start every game at flyhalf and only move to centre in the last 10 or 15 minutes of a game is much better, because I can focus on my role and my job as No.10.”

Steyn, despite now having the experience of 69 provincial caps for the Blue Bulls and 44 Super Rugby caps for the Bulls to his credit, readily admits that there are aspects of his game that he feels can still improve – as he chases that coveted first Green and Gold cap.

“I work very hard on my tactical kicking,” he said, adding that former Bulls mentor and now Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer often told him that Derick Hougaard was a better tactical kicker and that is why he [Hougaard] was Meyer’s preferred choice at No.10.

“I have worked really hard at it and I feel I am on the same level now that Derick was.

“I am still working hard at it to get it to a level where I can maybe get into the Bok team. Yes, if there is one aspect where I may have been below standard, it is my tactical game, and I’ve worked on that to get it to a standard where I am of international quality and hopefully soon I will be able to wear the Green and Gold.”

Like every young South African player Steyn also dreams of getting that call from the national coach.

“There is no doubt that every player’s goal is to play for the Boks and it remains a huge honour to play for your country,” he said – having had a taste of the international stage when he played for SA at the 2005 International Rugby Board (IRB) Under-21 World Championships.

The one aspect of his game that Steyn seldom gets credit for, is his defence. In fact he has often been targeted as a ‘weak link’ in the Bulls’ normally solid defensive line.

However, his performance in the Blue Bulls’ emphatic 23-5 Currie Cup win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last Saturday prove beyond doubt that to labelling Steyn as a defensive soft spot is a major mistake.

Along with inside centre Wynand Olivier they made an amazing 43 tackles in the game. Olivier made an impressive 23 tackles in 80 minutes, whilst Steyn made 20 in 80 minutes.

“It [defence] is something I have worked on very hard since school,” Steyn said.

“My defence is going well at the moment and I enjoy it, I enjoy the physical side of the game.”

Those who analyse flyhalves often focus more on whether his kicking game is on par and as Steyn pointed out, they don’t look at the finer details.

“I focus on what is important for the team and for the team I want to be solid on defence so I don’t let them down.”

Having placed his marker in the Bok selection tray, Steyn now has another month of Currie Cup rugby in which to highlight that ‘statement of intent’ before the Bok team for the year-end tour to Wales, Scotland and England is announced.

Last week’s win over the Cheetahs was the first step for Steyn, but it is important that as a team the Bulls continue to perform to ensure the individuals shine.

He said the Cheetahs are always an enjoyable game, because they make it physical and it is even more enjoyable to beat them in Bloemfontein.

But more importantly they needed that win to stay ahead of the ever-improving Lions.

“The most import part is our drive for first place on the standings – which will give us home ground advantage in the semifinals and a possible Final,” Steyn said.

“We have Griquas [in Kimberley this week] and the Falcons [in Pretoria the week after] left to play and our goal is five points out of each match.”



59 Comments

  • I am afraid that at best he would be the 3rd choice 10 and PROBABLY the 4th.

    1. Peter Grant
    2. Butch James (even an out of form James is better than Steyn)
    3. Rose (Provided he steps up now that the CC has real players in it)
    4. Pienaar
    5. Steyn

    Steyn may be just behind Rose in the CC points for this season but Rose has scored 5 tries compared to Steyn’s 2. Kicking penalties is no indication of playing ability.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.08 12:05:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • his problem remains the same as always, IMO… no BMT. He’s another Gaffie du Toit

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.08 12:07:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wouldn’t really mind if Morne made the Green n Gold.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.08 12:09:09 by PJLD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    BMT?

    I am shocked a Shark knows the meaning of the word! :)

    How many ‘almosts’ have you guys got now? :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.08 12:12:13 by MorneN Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 3) :

    I would. There are three better than him

    #3 though has to prove himslef this weekend and next to show he is not only good against weakened teams.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.08 12:13:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 4) :

    Knowing the meaning and striving towards it is one thing achieving it is another :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.08 12:14:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : What about Meyer Bosman? Only start now looking like the old one?

    We have quite a lot 10s that can play 12 aswell and must say Morne’s game has been on the up since the start of the season. Myself also like the look of Francis blowing in his neck at the Bulls.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.08 12:16:42 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 7) :

    Nope, he is looking like a shade of the one Jake thought would be a great and he is doing it at 12 not 10.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.08 12:18:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 1. Peter Grant
    2. Butch James
    3. Rose

    STEYN-removers!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.08 12:20:36 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 7) :

    @just blackshark (Comment 9) :

    The Problem with Rose, Bosman and Francis is that they have shown good form in a watered down CC. Let’s have a look at how they do in the real CC first before we boost them to high.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.08 12:23:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Steyn who?

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.08 12:23:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Still good to know we have talent in a problem position for so long.

    Where is the days of HeuningBal. Ai. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.08 12:25:52 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    Steyn Remover

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.08 12:29:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I surprised that he is only 23 :?: I disagree with most of you. Steyn has a really good all round game and I for one would not mind seeing him in the Bok jersey….BUT….@robdylan (Comment 2) : I agree with you Rob, he hasn’t shown any BMT aka the game against the Sharks.At 23 he might still overcome that problem.Don’t right him off just yet.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.08 12:30:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) :

    Having 20 mediocre flyhalves will not solve our problem though. :sad:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.08 12:30:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Damn right…they have to pass the test. Rose looks like he’s got vision though but needs to work on his defence.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.08 12:31:28 by just blackshark Reply

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  • I can’t believe he’s only 23… seems like he’s been around for 5 years or more

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.08 12:32:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • No left boot and he cracks under pressure…..perfect Bok Mr de Koning

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.08 13:16:34 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I thought it was about Frans Steyn…what a waste of a click…

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.08 13:21:50 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 19) : he he :)

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.08 13:25:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Look, let’s be honest here, if I could trade Rose for Morne, I would, but if I could trade Rose + my left arm for Frans, I also would!

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.08 13:28:04 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 21) : Left arm?

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.08 13:52:25 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 22) : I would give my left hand to be ambidextrous… :wink: But I would give up Beer for a Month for a Shark win in the CC final, and I am an Alcoholic

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.08 14:03:35 by Ragged Reply

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  • The following have accepted their invitations and will be in the 22-man Barbarians squad for the Olympic Centenary Match against Australia :

    Backs – Percy Montgomery (SA), Joe Rokocoko (NZ), Jean de Villiers (SA), Bryan Habana (SA), Fourie du Preez (SA)

    Forwards – Carl Hayman (NZ), John Smit (SA), Bakkies Botha (SA), Steve Borthwick (England), Schalk Burger (SA), Richie McCaw (NZ), Jerry Collins (NZ)

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.08 14:05:05 by McLovin Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 21) : why would we want Earl Rose and a severed left arm? :)

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.08 14:21:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 9) : That was good. :mrgreen:

    @robdylan (Comment 25) : Funny fellow. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.08 14:32:55 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Hello!!!

    On continuing the discussion on Tuesday about the magicians….rumours have it that Holly is leaving the PB mansion and Heff for none other than Criss Angel…Good on you, Holly!! Suppose viagra sales are gonna fall BIG time.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.08 14:37:12 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Didn’t Rose score most of those tries while he was still at fullback? Or has he been flyhalf most of the tourney?

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.09.08 14:40:23 by molly Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 27) : Holly who?

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.09.08 14:48:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 27) : Hugh, 82, is unimpressed with rumours Holly is getting close to Criss, saying: “One hopes that when she starts dating, she’ll have better taste.”

    Sounds a bit bitter the old man.

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.09.08 14:51:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 29) :

    Hugh’s main squeeze… :roll:

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.09.08 14:54:34 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 28) : been at flyhalf since about week 3, I think

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.09.08 14:55:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 29) :

    A fellow Bimbo… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.09.08 14:55:37 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Ahhh…and the rumour has been confirmed by research…BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN…Amens Sisters! :wink:

    BUT…seems like the world’s riches guys ar mostly married to brunettes… :sad: BUT (and this is what *I* think…they all have blonde mistress on the side which they spoil like crazy!)
    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.09.08 14:58:30 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Rob…I think you must start a “Ice’s Column”….what daya say, hey?? :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.09.08 15:03:02 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • I wouldn’t trade Rose for M.Steyn , besides Rose is connected to the underworld..

    @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 34) :

    Its funny old debate that one I am naturally more attracted to Brunettes but as soon as Im with a Brunette then I crave a blonde.. :roll: just no pleasing me :???:

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.09.08 15:04:00 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 36) :

    So you rich too?… :wink:

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.09.08 15:07:21 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 37) :

    Only once a month..briefly.. :neutral: :smile:

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.09.08 15:13:13 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 38) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.09.08 15:15:48 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • I’m not fussy. Blonde, brunette, ginger… :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.09.08 15:20:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) :

    Question is…can you AFFORD to be fussy…?? :twisted:

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.09.08 15:22:33 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 35) : no problem with that… anyone who wants to can write here :)

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.09.08 15:23:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) :

    Ag Robbie…ek post sommer my skinner nuus.. :wink:

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.09.08 15:28:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 27) : That PB, PaarlBok by any means? :oops:

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.09.08 16:02:51 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 44) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: If you want it to be!

    PLAYBOY …. :wink:

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.09.08 16:05:57 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : The best loose trio you ever likely to see playing for the same team. Should be great.McCaw Collins and Burger….Can’t wait to see them kill the Convicts

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.09.08 16:08:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Afternoon losers! :mrgreen: How is everyone today? I have been busy, busy, busy this week so have not been able to keep a brea…oops…abreast of the goings-on with the Sharks? Are we fighting fit for Saturday?

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.09.08 16:12:45 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 47) :

    Hey Klemp..

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.09.08 16:14:56 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Ragged (Comment 23) : HAHAHAHAH

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.09.08 16:14:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 48) : Damn. I was expecting a backlash and all I get is a civil greeting. :roll:

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.09.08 16:15:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 50) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: it’s called “the element of surprise”… :roll:

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.09.08 16:16:31 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 45) :

    :shock: :lol: :cool: Oor die muur sussie. :wink:

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.09.08 16:17:10 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : That is one SERIOUS selection! Who are they playing? England?? Ag shame. LOL

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.09.08 16:17:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 52) :

    So , dan’s jy seker inou heff se shoes.. :wink: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.09.08 16:19:50 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Reckon Steyn’s got more chance of falling pregnant than getting an imminent call-up.

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.09.08 16:41:38 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 53) : Aus

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.09.08 16:42:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 55) : hey pal! Wasssup|

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.09.08 16:55:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 57) :

    Too much chum. Not been around much lately. Seems my life is spinning out of control. No time to smell the shit, let alone the roses.

    Ai.

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.09.08 19:20:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 58) : Oh dear. Everything going ok, though?

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